My goal for the race was to keep my time under 50 minutes and if my legs felt like going fast today, maybe even PR. (Chicago 10k finished at 49:44)
The 10k was paid for by UIC, and funded 15 of our runners in the running club. Pretty neat, so even if I didn't like the race, I wasn't going to really mind. Free race = happy Luz, regardless.
The race was pushed back by half hour.. which was good and bad. But more of a good thing, I think. We had just parked a few blocks away from Navy Pier when we heard from fellow bloggers that the race had been moved back. We were barely going to make it on time, so it gave us a few minutes to check-in our gear.
-was a bit, odd. First thing I noticed was before hitting the lake front trail, we had to run on the road, next to incoming cars. The only thing separating us from them, was a few cones spread out. Uh?
-The hills. Oh my jebus.. Was not mentally prepared for those. Or physically actually. I guess I've been running on super flat courses for the past few weeks.
-no Gatorade for the 10mile runners?
-Bananas, bagels and Powerade. I'm not a big fan of Powerade, but after I was done, I took a bottle (not knowing what it was) and it tasted okay.
-Not enough goodies in my opinion.
-We went back to indoor warm place and pick up our gear, which was convenient.
-Gear check-in went smooth, and pick-up as well, with no lines.
-Got to meet up with two Chicago Running bloggers (Christina & Maggie) while hanging out near the gear check :)
|Javier, me and Christina|
|Maggie, me and Javi|
-had fun, but would hesitate to register with my own money next year.
-Shirt, a tad bit small.
-Ended up finishing at 48:43 (7:51 pace), which means a new PR :) and even got 3rd in my AG
Chicago Perfect 10 Recap - by JV
After doing the Chicago 10k back in August and liking the distance, Luz and I definitely wanted to do another 10k race. We were very excited for the 10k and were hoping in hitting a new PR. We got to Navy Pier around 7:15 only to find out that the race had been pushed back to start around 8 am. We didn't mind because it allowed us time to park the car and go to gear check. Once we got to Navy Pier, the whole event seemed a bit disorganized . There were people everywhere and very little room for all the runners. We decided to kill some time inside because it was a bit chilly outside until we heard that the race was about to begin. We ran to the start line and placed ourselves in our corrals. As soon as we got to our corrals, the race started.
As soon as I crossed the starting line, my Garmin wasn't working properly. I had to mess around with it until i finally got it working again. After that i tried my best to get into race mode. I found it a bit difficult getting into "race mode" because the start was crowded and the route was a bit narrow. I accidentally stepped on a runner in the process. I tried to put all that aside and focus on my running form and pace. As we left Navy Pier and hit the lakefront trail , everything seemed okay until it started to get more and more crowded. 10 Miler runners and 10k runners were running with one another. Adding to that were the bikers along the route. There was also confusion with the clocks along the route. The times that were being displayed along the mile markers were different for the 10 milers and the 10k , but there was no clear indication on which one was the correct time for the 10k people and the 10 miler people. At the turn around, i just wanted the race to be over already. I was happy that i was halfway done, but i knew that i wasn't going to PR or anything. I tried my best to focus , but i just couldn't get into my zone. I pushed through those last miles until i finished!!
The race overall for me was okay. I liked that there was:
-enough people so it can be competitive
-parking close to navy pier
-cool looking shirt, but i heard that it runs small along the arms
-Route was packed with people at the start and along the race
-Clocks caused confusion among runners
-not enough goodies at the end
-Aid stations were dead only few volunteers giving out water without any cheering
Other than that I'm looking forward to our next race which will happen on Thanksgiving Day (the Long Grove Turkey Trot).
We're both hoping to PR for the 5k distance!!
|McSpeedy & I :) ♡|
|UIC Running Club|